Boston: Allen and Ticknor, 1833. First Edition. 8vo, pp. 232, engraved frontispiece of a praying slave inserted with two full page plates in the text, quotation of S.T. Coleridge on the title-page. Light stain to flyleaves, some foxing to the margins of the frontispiece, o/w the text is good and clean. Contemporary ownership signature of Mary Ann Ingalls on the top of the title page. Bound in original cloth (little rubbed and a couple of nicks to the cloth and the edge of the spine label which is complete. This is a better than average copy of a book usually found in tough condition. See Work p. 299; Dumond p. 28; Sabin 12711; Imprints 18214; BAL 3116. With the errata slip noted by BAL. Scarce. Item #53552
Child (1802-1880) was born in Medford, MA. She was a close friend and influence on Margaret Fuller. Throughout her life, she devoted herself and her writings to the anti-slavery and feminist movements. Child's first book, Hobomok, written when she was 21, is an interesting foreshadowing of her future concern about racial and religious tolerance. In the story, set in Salem in 1630, a young white woman marries a Pequod Indian, Hobomok. Mrs. Child was an active abolitionist, and here denounces laws against miscegenation, unequal education, and the like. This book created a furor in Boston and alienated the author from polite society. "While converting many, it also aroused condemnation, bringing the author financial ruin and social ostracism"[Blain p. 202].